Even at the ripe age of 36, future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson has proven that he can still contribute on the biggest stage football has to offer.
The seven-time Pro Bowler put up north of 700 total yards and seven touchdowns at a clip of 4.2 yards per touch a season ago for the Detroit Lions. That came on the heels of AD tallying consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the Washington Football Team.
Typically, running back hit that proverbial wall at the age of 30. Peterson has joined Frank Gore in combating Father Time at this stage of his career, and doesn’t seem to be done.
“Yeah, I’ve been chasing it (Super Bowl) for a long time,” Peterson told Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790 Radio. “It would be nice to finally get one. The training is going well, and I’m going to control the things that I can control right now, and, when that time comes, somebody will give me a call.”
These comments are interesting in that Adrian Peterson spent the past three seasons with two teams in that of WFT and Detroit who weren’t seen as anywhere near Super Bowl contenders. Not close.
Will Adrian Peterson latch on with a contender?
There’s a couple options out there for Peterson when it comes to contending teams. We previously focused on the Miami Dolphins as a potential destination for the veteran back. Right now, they have Myles Gaskin and Malcolm Brown as their two top backs. If neither one shows out during training camp, the powers that be in South Beach might come calling.
It also wouldn’t be a surprise if the Kansas City Chiefs ended up showing interest. Second-year back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is slated to get a bulk of the touches, but he’s coming off an uneven rookie season. After that, the two-time defending AFC champions have nothing of substance.
Meanwhile, a return of Le’Veon Bell in free agency doesn’t seem to be in the cards after comments he made about Chiefs head coach Andy Reid recently.
Obviously, Adrian Peterson has a track record of success. That includes 10 seasons with over 1,000 total yards. It’s now up to whether teams believe he still has what it takes.